Security Assessment at First Entry

The Security Assessment at First Entry (SAFE), is a stand-alone assessment, featuring standard language, high level vulnerabilities, and options for consideration. It is designed to assess current security posture and produce a report in under two hours.
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SAFE is a rapid physical security assessment that assists facility owners and operators in implementing effective security programs. Using SAFE, CISA Protective Security Advisors (PSA) provide a structured review of a facility’s existing security measures and delivers feedback on observed vulnerabilities and options for improving security.


After completing the SAFE visit, the PSA delivers a short report containing:

  • A list of commendable actions: During the assessment, the PSA will make note of existing practices that are noteworthy for their effectiveness and that should be continue.
  • A list of vulnerabilities and options for consideration: The PSA will also make note of any areas that could benefit from additional attention from a security perspective—areas relating to security management, entry control, perimeter security, and other physical security measures. Each identified vulnerability will have one or more mitigation options for owners and operators to consider. These options are purely voluntary, and each facility determines what actions to take in light of its own current security posture, anticipated growth or organizational changes, budgetary outlook, and other factors.
  • A list of individuals, agencies, and organizations: Useful points of contact for owners and operators as they proceed with efforts to improve a facility’s security posture.
  • Helpful links and references: Resources that provide more information about security options and ways to implement them.

Additional Information

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Contact Information

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